BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis (WEAU) --As kids across the state get ready to head back to school, some students are opting out of a traditional school day.
While it may not look like your typical classroom, Black River Falls Sophomore Jack Roou is in class.
“It's nice because you can work at your own pace," Jack said.
He is taking what’s called a blended virtual class.
“Kids get bored sometimes with things that they've learned in a different class and other kids need that extra review,” said Mary Burns, who teachers blended classes.
A blended classroom gives the students the best of both worlds it allows them to get out of a desk while still getting teacher support.
The student’s enrolled in blended classes work through pre planned curriculum online. The students only go to class for projects, to get help and for tests. But if a student’s grade drops below a “B” they are put back in the classroom full time.
“It gives teachers more time to work with students who need extra help,” Burns said.
“This type of course really enforces the responsibility and requires the students to take charge of their learning,” Black River Falls High School Principal Tom Chambers said.
Black River Falls High School offers both blended and complete virtual classes in 7 different areas.
“Like other schools we have experienced some cut backs, we want to keep the offerings to our students as numerous as possible so that they know what they want to do after they leave here. This allows the student to have some flexibility in their scheduling and in a 24 hour format," Virtual School Coordinator Donna Wojciechowski said.
For Senior Mackenzie Hoeschele the virtual classes have allowed her to take extra sign language classes she'll need for college.
“It gave me a lot more time because I could ask questions when i need to and work a head when I could,” Mackenzie Hoeschele said.